Barry McDermott gives us a fine look at the "clinical" Beth Daniel (The Game Is Her Life and Only Love, Feb. 2)—Beth the golfer, Beth the competitor. But after finishing the article, I felt something was missing.
As a frequent golf partner of Beth's and as a personal friend, I think Mr. McDermott missed parts of Beth the person. She is a genuinely nice person, compassionate, with a quick wit. During his short stay in Charleston, Mr. McDermott might have missed that. But it's part of the Beth Daniel I know.
THE INDOOR GAME
In calling Steve Zungul of the MISL's New York Arrows the "lord of all indoors" (SI, Feb. 2) you slighted veteran Striker Carl-Heinz Granitza of the NASL's Chicago Sting. Granitza has been scoring goals and assists at an electrifying pace during the indoor season. In just 13 games he has 40 goals and 26 assists. This is an average of 3.1 goals and 2.0 assists per game vs. Zungul's 2.7 goals and 1.2 assists. Granitza has been shut out in only one game, which he played with a high fever and a bad case of the flu. Chicago's big West German is truly a superstar.
LEE B. STERN
Owner and President
The Chicago Sting
The introduction to Frank Deford's profile of Bobby Knight (The Rabbit Hunter, Jan. 26) consists of a quotation from William Faulkner: "Success is feminine and like a woman; if you cringe before her, she will override you. So the way to treat her is to show her the back of your hand. Then maybe she will do the crawling."
I am surprised and outraged that you printed it. Once again, the public is presented with the image of females as needing a stern backhand to keep them in control, keep them crawling. This type of quote perpetuates the theory that violence against women is O.K.
It is disgusting and degrading. As a woman, I demand an apology.
The first day of a physical education basketball class taught by Bobby Knight at Indiana University. The 50 ex-high school and college athletes come to a dead silence as Knight enters the room.
KNIGHT: "How many of you guys have ever had a coach you just hated?"
(Almost everyone in the class raises his hand.)
KNIGHT: "Well, there are a lot of us coaches who don't like you a——s either."